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Industry, Workforce

Social Security: Could the New Congress’s Sharp Divide Lead to Compromise on Reform?

January 18, 2023

Via: Government Executive

It’s 2023—indeed a couple weeks into the new year—and it’s anything but clear where Congress will be headed on the future of Social Security. Actually, it’s anything but clear where Congress is headed at all. After over a decade of […]


Defense, Industry

NATO warns of Russia’s long war in Ukraine, vows to be ready

January 18, 2023

Via: Washington's Top News

Russia is preparing for an extended war so NATO must get ready “for the long haul” and support Ukraine for as long as it takes, the alliance’s deputy secretary general told top military chiefs from across Europe Wednesday. Speaking at […]


Federal, Policy

US divided over Roe’s repeal as abortion foes gird for march

January 18, 2023

Via: Washington's Top News

Anti-abortion activists will have multiple reasons to celebrate — and some reasons for unease — when they gather Friday in Washington for the annual March for Life. The march, which includes a rally drawing abortion opponents from across the nation, […]


Cybersecurity

US Maritime Administrator to study port crane cybersecurity concerns

January 17, 2023

Via: CSO Online

The 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by Congress and signed by President Biden in late December 2022 was filled with a host of military-related cybersecurity provisions. One little-noticed provision in the bill called for a study of cybersecurity […]


Defense, Industry

Biden to host Netherlands PM for talks on tech, Ukraine

January 17, 2023

Via: Washington's Top News

President Joe Biden is set to host Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte for talks as the U.S. administration looks to persuade the Netherlands to further limit China’s access to advanced semiconductors with export restrictions. Tuesday’s wide-ranging talks are also expected […]


Editorial

7 Key Issues Impacting Americans Before and After the Midterm Elections

January 17, 2023

Via: Natalie Dunn

The Republicans have won by a slim majority in the House of Representatives. Still, journalists and political analysts worldwide rushed to point out that what was initially thought to be a red wave may have turned out to be only […]


Cybersecurity

University of Florida Strongly Discourages Use of Tik Tok

January 13, 2023

Via: JD Supra

In an email sent on January 12, 2023, the University of Florida’s Vice President and CIO, Elias G. Eldayrie, states: “Prominent experts continue highlighting TikTok as a national security concern, pointing to the possibility that foreign governments may use TikTok […]


Defense, Industry

Biden, Kishida to discuss Japan ‘stepping up’ security

January 13, 2023

Via: Washington's Top News

President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida were prepared to hold wide-ranging talks at the White House on Friday as Japan looks to build security cooperation with allies amid growing concerns about provocative Chinese and North Korean military action. […]


Federal, Policy

Biden political future clouded by classified document probe

January 13, 2023

Via: Washington's Top News

Virtually everything was going right for President Joe Biden as he opened the year. His approval ratings were ticking up. Inflation was slowing. And as Democrats united behind his likely reelection campaign, Republicans were at war with themselves after a […]


Federal, Hardware & Software, Policy, Tech

Biden taking “absolutely wrong approach” to crack down on Big Tech, critics say

January 12, 2023

Via: ArsTechnica

As president, Joe Biden has made it clear that he wants to lead the charge to change how Big Tech operates in the US. In a rare op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Biden heavily criticized tech companies while outlining […]


Hardware & Software, Tech

NASA spent $35 million on ‘wasteful’ software licenses and fees, report says

January 12, 2023

Via: FCW

NASA’s software asset management practices have left the agency exposed to cybersecurity risks and other major operational and financial concerns, according to a new inspector general’s report. The IG report, published on Thursday, said NASA lacks an enterprise-wide software asset […]


Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity spending and economic headwinds in 2023

January 12, 2023

Via: CSO Online

Now that everyone, their brother, sister, and dog have chimed in on cybersecurity predictions for 2023, here are a few observations based on some recent ESG research. First the numbers: 53% of organizations will increase IT spending in 2023, 30% […]


Policy, State & Local

Alaska governor pitches plan to capitalize on carbon markets

January 12, 2023

Via: Federal News Network

Gov. Mike Dunleavy outlined proposed legislation Thursday for Alaska to capitalize on carbon markets, seeking to diversify state revenues long heavily reliant on proceeds from oil. Dunleavy plans to introduce his so-called a carbon management bill package during the legislative […]


Health Care, Industry, Policy, State & Local

Biden admin dealt blow by Sixth Circuit ruling against vaccine mandate in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee

January 12, 2023

Via: Fox News

A federal appeals court has upheld a ban on forcing workers in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee who contract with the federal government to get a COVID-19 vaccine. An appeals court has affirmed a ban in three states on enforcing a […]


Cybersecurity

A fifth of passwords used by federal agency cracked in security audit

January 11, 2023

Via: ArsTechnica

More than a fifth of the passwords protecting network accounts at the US Department of the Interior—including Password1234, Password1234!, and ChangeItN0w!—were weak enough to be cracked using standard methods, a recently published security audit of the agency found. The audit […]


Federal, Policy

US to max out on debt soon, setting up political fight

January 11, 2023

Via: Washington's Top News

The federal government is on track to max out on its $31.4 trillion borrowing authority as soon as this month, starting the clock on an expected standoff between President Joe Biden and the new House Republican majority that will test […]


Education, Industry

Feds propose ‘student loan safety net’ alongside forgiveness

January 10, 2023

Via: Washington's Top News

The White House is moving forward with a proposal that would lower student debt payments for millions of Americans now and in the future, offering a new route to repay federal loans under far more generous terms. President Joe Biden […]


Health Care, Industry, Workforce

Federal health plan could be spending $1B a year on ineligible dependents, GAO says

January 10, 2023

Via: FCW

The federal government’s employee health insurance plan could be wasting $1 billion a year in improper payments by providing benefits to family members who are no longer eligible, a new report has found. The Government Accountability Office said in an […]


Networking & Wireless, Tech

FAA giving airlines another year to fix altimeters that can’t handle 5G signals

January 10, 2023

Via: ArsTechnica

The Federal Aviation Administration will give airlines another year to fix or replace airplane altimeters that can’t filter out cellular transmissions from outside their allotted frequencies. In a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) released today, the FAA proposed a deadline […]


Policy, State & Local

Birth control ruling to see fresh scrutiny at Texas Capitol

January 10, 2023

Via: Federal News Network

Samantha Sorsby-Jones watched friends at her Texas high school go to great lengths to get birth control: Secretly arranging rides to clinics that didn’t require parental consent and hiding phones in bushes in case parents were tracking them. Starting Tuesday, […]